Print and Picture Collection


Sunday Closed
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Second Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Print and Picture Collection of The Free Library of Philadelphia is home to diverse collections of fine art prints, photographs, drawings, and artists’ books, as well as extensive research collections of Philadelphia images, both historical and modern. The Philadelphiana collection contains some 20,000 prints, drawings and photographs which constitute a picture history of Philadelphia from its founding by William Penn to the present day. Philadelphiana also includes an important collection of photographs documenting the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. The Fine Art Prints and Photographs collections include work from the fifteenth century through today, by artists and photographers as diverse as Benton Spruance, Dox Thrash, Andy Warhol, Edna Andrade, Ray Metzker, Eadweard Muybridge, and Aaron Siskind. The Print and Picture Collection also has a significant circulating picture collection, which contains roughly half-a-million images on countless subjects, available for checkout to Free Library cardholders. 

The Print & Picture Collection is open for research by appointment only. To make an appointment, please email or call 215-686-5405.

The Print and Picture Collection hosts exhibitions in the Print and Picture Collection Hallway Gallery. While the Collection is only open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., exhibitions are on view whenever Parkway Central is open.

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